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Dr Eric Harrison

Senior Research Fellow

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Sociology

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City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Dr Eric Harrison joined the Centre for Comparative Social Surveys in October 2006 and is currently its Acting Deputy Director. Between 2006 and 2011 he was the coordinator of a five-year Sixth Framework Programme project on 'European Social Survey Infrastructure'. He is currently a co-investigator on two major FP7 projects: 'ESS: Data for a Changing Europe' has undertaken a sixth round of the ESS alongside a continuing programme of methodological research; 'Data Architecture Services in the Social Sciences and Humanities' is a collaboration between five research infrastructures, within which Eric leads a work package producing new software tools to improve standards of metadata. Within the Core Scientific Team of the ESS his responsibilities include: the development of indicators of societal wellbeing for use in comparative social research; enhancing the quality of labour market variables in the survey; and the implementation of new methods of coding media reporting during ESS fieldwork periods.

Dr Harrison studied Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge and subsequently spent eight years as Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Plymouth. In 2000 he went to Nuffield College, Oxford where he completed a doctorate examining the working conditions of the self-employed. This used multiple national sample surveys to chart the different levels of job quality, job satisfaction, labour market insecurity and socio-political attitudes associated with different groups of self-employed workers, depending on their position in a hierarchy of employer-dependence.

From 2004 to 2006 he was the assistant academic convenor of an EU-funded consortium developing the new European Socio-economic Classification (ESeC) for use by academics and statistical offices in the European Research Area.


Research Activity

Dr Harrison's main research interests include social stratification, societal wellbeing, work and occupations and survey methodology. He has also published on developments in higher education and the teaching of undergraduate sociology. He is currently a member of the editorial board for International Journal of Social Research Methodology.



  1. Rose, D.I. and Harrison, E.K. (Eds.), (2010). Social Class in Europe: An Introduction to the European Socio-economic Classification. London: Routledge.

Chapters (10)

  1. Harrison, E.K. (2013). Instruments de travail and the travails of instruments: reflections on the cross-national measurement of social class. In Jones, M. and Hornsby, D. (Eds.), Language and Social Structure in Urban France Oxford: Legenda.
  2. Mears, R. and Harrison, E.K. (2013). Researching Change in Higher Education Occupations. In Gornall, L., Cook, C., Daunton, L., Salisbury, J. and Thomas, B. (Eds.), Academic Working Lives: Experience, Practice and Change London: Bloomsbury.
  3. Fitzgerald, R., Harrison, E.K. and Ryan, L. (2013). The European Social Survey as a Research Infrastructure. In Renschler, I., Kleiner, B., Wernli, B., Farago, P. and Joye, D. (Eds.), Understanding Research Infrastructures in the Social Sciences Zurich: Seismo Verlag.
  4. Stoop, I. and Harrison, E.K. (2012). Classification of Surveys. Handbook of Survey Methodology for the Social Sciences New York: Springer.
  5. Stoop, I. and Harrison, E.K. (2012). Repeated Cross-sectional Surveys using Face-to-Face. Handbook of Survey Methodology for the Social Sciences New York: Spinger.
  6. Harrison, E.K. (2010). Measuring Social Class. In Bulmer, M., Gibbs, J. and Hyman, L. (Eds.), Social Measurement Through Social Surveys Aldershot: Ashgate.
  7. Rose, D., Harrison, E.K. and Pevalin, D. (2010). The European Socio-economic Classification: a prolegomenon. In Rose, D. and Harrison, E.K. (Eds.), Social Class in Europe: An Introduction to the European Socio-economic Classification London: Routledge.
  8. Fitzgerald, R., Harrison, E.K. and Steinmaier, F. (2010). Age identity and conflict: myths and realities. In Park, A. (Ed.), British Social Attitudes: The 27th Report London: Sage.
  9. Harrison, E.K. and Rose, D. (2010). From derivation to validation: evidence from the UK and beyond. In Rose, D. and Harrison, E.K. (Eds.), London: Routledge.
  10. Harrison, E.K. and Fitzgerald, R. (2009). A Chorus of Disapproval? European Attitudes to Non-traditional family patterns. In Park, A. (Ed.), British Social Attitudes: The 26th Report London: Sage.

Conference Paper/Proceedings

  1. Thomas, , Douhou, S. and Harrison, E. (2017). Time is Money, or Is It? Using Module Length to Evaluate Interviewer Effects. Europan Survey Research Association 17-21 July, Lisbon.

Journal Articles (3)

  1. Harrison, E.K. and Smart, A. (2016). The under-representation of minority ethnic groups in UK medical research. Ethnicity and Health . doi:10.1080/13557858.2016.1182126.
  2. Harrison, E.K. and Mears, R. (2013). The Changing face of undergraduate assessment in UK Sociology. Enhancing Learning in the Social Sciences, 5(3) . doi:10.11120/elss.2013.00015.
  3. Harrison, E.K., Jowell, R. and Sibley, E. (2011). Developing Attitudinal Indicators of Societal Progress. ASK: Research and Methods, 20, pp. 57–78.

Reports (4)

  1. Barnes, M. and Harrison, E. (2017). The wellbeing of secondary school pupils with special educational needs.. ISBN 978-1-78105-789-6.
  2. Harrison, E.K., Quick, A. and Abdallah, S. (2016). Looking into the Wellbeing Kaleidoscope..
  3. Davies, R., Wilkins, C., Harrison, E.K., Sibley, E. and Owen, D. (2011). Quality of life in ethnically diverse neighbourhoods. Dublin.
  4. Harrison, E.K., Sibley, E., Theodoropoulou, S. and Guerzoni, B. (2011). What do citizens want? What survey results reveal about values, attitudes and preferences. Brussels: European Policy Centre.

Other Activities

Editorial Activity

  1. Associate Board member, Sociology, 2008-209
    Editorial Board member, Sociology, 2010-2012.

Online Article

  1. Live Q&A: What can I do with a degree in sociology? Guardian Online

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